The coat of the Maltese can be described as being luxurious, silky, thick, heavy and long. It’s length when grown is about 8? inches (22cm.) long and it hangs straight to the ground on each side of a center parting line. The coat is a single coat, which actually means that there is no undercoat. The refined coat has to be straight according to breed standards and it cannot be wavy or curly! Even the smallest kink in the hair of this breed is enough for disqualification! Now can you believe that? How awful! The color is always white and shiny. This little dog breed does not not shed and it is also considered to be hypoallergenic, which makes it a wonderful pet for people suffering from allergies and for those who are sensitive to dog hair! These dogs shed no hair off of their coat, which is actually a remarkable trait, since they have so much of it, and it is so long! Another wonder of nature, if you ask me!
A show-dog Maltese: